Formerly brewed at Harpoon Brewery
Style: Brown Ale
Boston, Massachusetts USA


on tap


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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Harpoon Brown is brewed to accentuate the sweeter, rounder notes derived from six different malts, including a de-husked chocolate malt that adds a hint of chocolate. The blend of these malts produces a beer that is complex and delicious without being heavy. This drinkable beer is perfect as a session beer or paired with foods.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (5057) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance had a nice brown color with a fairly nice looking one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. The smell had some light rusty nutty notes over coating a light chocolate malt. The taste was sweet, roasty and nutty and had a light watery nutty aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat fairly light and showed a decent sessionability about it. Overall, in my opinion, I say this was a pretty good brown ale worthy of having again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Dark amber in color and crystal clear. Superb head that leaves excellent lace. Nice fresh hop up front. The malt is surprisingly far in the background. I can detect slight crystal. A little bit watery for my taste. The flavor is inverted: I taste the hop bite immediately but then the beer settles into darker malts. The finish is good blend of both and has some lasting power.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Served in a tulip glass. Pours a moderate brown color with an off-white head. Two fingers of lacing settle down with some nice carbonation bubbles floating on top. The nose is lightly-toasted malt with some chocolate, caramel, toffee, and a bit of yeast. The taste is pretty nice and mellow with toffee and very mild chocolate. Good body and carbonation; a nice, drinkable brew. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-13-2010

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewersspot (97) - , California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
I had this beer a while back and from what I can remember I enjoyed it. Ive had this at the pub/brewery so it was fresh. Nothing special about it is popping into my head at the moment.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rubbishystuff (2487) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2015 Part of Beer of the month selection. Not a bad brown ale but lacks a little something . Toffee and caramel flavors but all a bit muted. Drinkable but not special. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
basspro76 (426) - New York, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Drank out of a Harpoon mix pack. Taste is sweet, with a mixture of caramel, brown sugar and molasses all coming through. Taste stays well all the way down. Overall this was the best beer from the mix pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JAN 13, 2010
on tap at the Boston airport Harpoon brewhouse. Nice chestnut brown body that is clear, small white head. Nice nutty woody vanilla flavor and aroma. Overall: a very simple but solid beer. I always forget about this style but, if done correctly (as in this case), it can be very pleasant. A great style for the fall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle. Pour a brune body with an off white head. Herbal nutty caramel notes, some lighter toffee, and ash with a light sweetness and a bitter finish. Chocolate notes and an earth y bittering finish. Decent session brown.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5772) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Bottle. Too-sweet nose with - strangely - some medium American citric hop accents over the light nuts and malt. Amber-mahogany pour, clear and beautifully gradient, with a sudsy, lacing/rocky tan head. Taste is sharp, light bitterness with low sweetness, crisp earth and toffee strike, bit of bakers chocolate in the bg. Very light tang. Malt is a little toward the back, otherwise this is perfectly balance with a bright and punchy hop-half. Light body and smooth carbonation, touch of bread and grass in the finish. Agreed, an excellent session, and much better than the last Id had from these guys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tgncc (3126) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Aroma of toasted malts, nuts. Appearance is dark brown, reddish tinge, tan head. The flavor is malts, bread, nuts. The finish is light hop bittering. The mouthfeel is thin/medium. Not bad, but hardly great.

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